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Lost Week: Top Of The Pops – Juliet’s Song (Downtown – Petula Clark)


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After six years and 121 episodes full of flashbacks, flashforwards, flashsideways, mysterious energy sources and time-travelling bunny rabbits, Lost is, sadly, almost at an end.

There are just two episodes left and this time next week, it will all be over (in the US at least, where the two-and-a-half-hour episode airs on Sunday – UK viewers will have to wait until the following Friday to see it).

Time will tell whether or not the grand finale can live up to our hopes and expectations after what has been, on the whole, such a brilliant, ground-breaking run – but whatever happens, it’s been one hell of an enjoyable ride. Lost has without a doubt been the first TV phenomenon of the 21st century.

To celebrate the end of the show, this week is Lost Week on The Cathode Ray Choob. I’ll be looking back at some of my favourite moments from the series and spotlighting some of the best fan tributes.

To kick things off, some music and a little tribute to poor Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), who has been much missed from this final season.

The character was introduced in the first episode of season 3 in a memorable scene that also finally lifted the veil on The Others and showed us the crash of Flight 815 from a whole new perspective.

The song that Juliet plays in her introductory scene – and which, we were to learn, reflects her desire to escape Ben’s grasp and break free of the island prison she had been manipulated into – was Petula Clark‘s Downtown, a song I’ve always been fond of, ever since I was a nipper.

Here is that scene from Lost season 3 episode 1:

And here is some vintage footage of Petula Clark singing the song:

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TV Newsround: Good News For Chuck And Visitors – Bad News For Heroes and Flashers


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As the flurry of renewals and cancellations stepped up a gear yesterday, there was good news for fans of V, the decent remake of the 1980s classic about alien invaders, and sci-fi spy comedy-drama Chuck.

V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell – previously best-known for playing Juliet in Lost – and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin, has been renewed for a second season by US network ABC.

Meanwhile NBC has committed to a fourth season of the acclaimed, but ratings-starved, Chuck.

Bad news, however, for fans of FlashForward, which has reportedly been canceled and will not be back after season one ends – guess we should have seen that one coming…

However, we were always promised that season one would be self-contained and that any future seasons would deal with new flash forwards, so at least we should get a resolution of sorts to the story.

I’m very sad, but not surprised, also to report the demise of Heroes, a show whose five-seasons will, in the future, surely serve as a case study of how NOT to run a TV show.

During its first season, it was the hottest new property on network TV but it was systematically destroyed through a lack of any apparent show-running ability, poor creative decisions, dire plotting and convoluted story arcs that often went nowhere or made no sense. In the end, it seems, they couldn’t save the cheerleader.

It’s been a busy time over the past days and weeks for those who get to decide the future of your favourite TV shows, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with the rest of your favourites on the five big networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW.

Renewed: Castle, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Bones, Fringe, Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Community, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, 90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Canceled: Better Off Ted, Hank, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, ‘Til Death, Law & Order, Mercy, Trauma.

The following are those shows that have yet to have their futures decided. Those in green are generally considered dead certs or good bets for renewal, those in red long shots and those in black are thought to be 50/50:

The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, The Deep End, Desperate Housewives, The Forgotten, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Brothers, House, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill.

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The Lost Supper… Season 6 Cast Portrait


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The sixth and final season of Lost starts airing in the US on ABC on Tuesday, February 2.

The UK date, on Sky One, is yet to be confirmed but will be later that same week. Some sources are reporting it will begin on Friday, February 5. This would be a bit of a surprise, since it has been airing on Sunday nights since Sky One picked it up and also Friday night is not a night that attracts the big audiences.

In any case, the point of this post is to share with you the official final season promotional cast portraits.

Here they are (click on the photos to see larger versions):

As you can see in the first photo, like Battlestar Galactica and The Sopranos before them, the Lost producers have gone for an homage to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper (click here to see it).

That’s no big surprise, given the biblical allusions and symbols scattered throughout the Lost mythology.

Whether the portrait offers any clues as to plot twists or the fate of the characters remains to be seen. A few observations, however:

1. Claire (Emilie de Ravin, right) is back in the main cast, which isn’t surprising as producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof revealed some time ago that she would return to play a prominent role in Lost‘s final chapter.

2. Given Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) story arc so far – the revelations in the final episode of season 5 notwithstanding – it’s no surprise to see him in the Christ role here.

3. The photo is not an exact recreation of Da Vinci’s painting of Christ and the apostles… however, the character who appears to be assuming the Judas pose is – surprisingly – Kate (Evangeline Lilly). Are they trying to tell us something?

4. Season-five newcomer Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) is at the far left, next to the mysterious Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell, who, I think, also features in the main cast pic for the first time). Frank the pilot (Jeff Fahey, far right) is also upgraded, it seems, from supporting character to main cast.

5. These main cast returnees and newcomers mean that a few former regulars have been, well… Lost. Most disappointingly, from my point of view, both of my favourite characters are missing: Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell, left) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). I’m sure they won’t be entirely absent from season six but the portrait suggests that they won’t play a big part (note that I’ve been avoiding any spoilers for the final season, so the extent of their involvment – or lack thereof – may already be common knowledge).

6. Less surprising, but still disappointing, is the absence of Daniel (Jeremy Davies), another of my favourite characters. Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) is also missing. Now, given their fates during the course of last season, it’s perhaps not much of a shock – but we don’t know what effect the explosive ending to last season has had (if any) on the characters’ timelines, so they’re perhaps not gone for good?

7. Most of the characters remain in the same positions in both photos but two change sides (Claire and Miles (Ken Leung)), while Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Ben (Michael Emerson) switch places… is this significant in any way?

Sources/thanks: Dark UFO; io9.

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